submitted by Site Administrator on 24.02.2005
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" :
Offspring of currant-bearing Corinth, Mr. Spyridon Oikonopoulos, born in the village of Moulki, in 1893, came to Australia while still almost a child, in 1908.
In partnership with his uncle, Konstantinos P. Kalpaxis, who also comes from the Corinthia, he owns a most attractive shop in the village of Macksville, in New South Wales, on the river Numbucca.
Mssers. Oikonomopoulos and Kalpaxis were formely engaged in other business activities. They now own and manage the shop in Macksville, which also a tabacconist’s, fully equipped and stocked, which they manage very capably.
Their commercial name is J. Spery and Co.
This biography is part of a collection from "Life in Australia" published in 1916 by John Comino. It is an important book as it was one of the first Greek books published in Australia for the Greeks back in the homeland. If they needed any more convincing of the golden opportunities awaiting them in Australia, it probably helped create interest amongst young Kytherians and other Greeks. Each of the men portrayed in the book paid for the honour, which, considering their reputation for thriftiness, must have made the decision a hard one for many a Kytherian.
The Kythera-Family.net team, with the support of the Nicolaus Aroney Trust and other generous sponsors, has undertaken to transcribe the entire book for the website and to translate it into English for the non-greek-speaking diaspora community. We hope to also produce a printed version of the translation of Life in Australia sometime in 2005.
For valuable information about the historical background of the publication of Life in Australia, please read the entry by Hugh Gilchrist I ZOI EN AFSTRALLIA in the History, General History section.
Teacher, journalist, poet and author, Sydney NSW Australia
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